Re: I never knew you...
Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:11 pm
claysmithr wrote: ↑Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:21 amThis is what I wrote about the subject...
Is this correct?I Never Knew YouThere are a few things to note here. The most important thing is that Jesus is talking about non-believers who are trusting in their works to get to heaven. This can be understood when we see what "The will of my Father" is, which is to believe in Jesus for your forgiveness of sins and your righteousness, as seen in John 6:40.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Jesus saying "I never knew you" denotes a lack of relationship with Jesus, his spirit was never inside of them. When he calls them "workers of lawlessness" he's pointing out that even our best works are sin-stained.
I would not use the term nonbelivers,Instead I would use the word hypocrite or those who act like a Christian but have never been saved for whatever reason and those who act like a Christian thinking their good deeds/works will get them to heaven. You know I went to church for a long time as a young person and had plenty of chances to be saved but never acted on it and I assume others do this also.But it was not until I truly responded and got saved that I became a Christian,up until then I was just acting like a Christian in church.I assume a person could live out their life without ever having been saved by Jesus. It could have happened to me had I not finally responded when I was about 12 years old. I mean I would feel the Holy Spirit convicting and drawing me at times to get saved but did not respond for a long time.